1 hour, 35 minutes
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
for sexual content including nudity, and for language throughout.
Added DVD Features: Feature commentary with director Jesse Peretz; Deleted and extended scenes; Making of Our Idiot Brother.
Paul Rudd ...
Elizabeth Banks ...
Adam Scott ...
Rashida Jones ...
Zooey Deschanel ...
Emily Mortimer ...
Steve Coogan ...
Kathryn Hahn ...
T.J. Miller ...
Shirley Knight ...
Ned (Paul Rudd) is a kind of guileless, selfless soul, but his sisters are selfish, misguided, intolerant and often downright mean. O
nly Ned, with his unvarnished honesty and sense of childlike wonder, is able to deal with them. Liz (Emily Mortimer) is married to a philandering jerk (Steve Coogan) and keeps her eight-year-old son on an insanely tight
leash; Miranda (Elizabeth Banks) is pursuing her magazine writing career
at the cost of all dignity while also stringing along her adoring next
door neighbor (Adam Scott) as if they're "just friends"; and Natalie
(Zooey Deschanel) is about to move in with her butch lawyer girlfriend
Cindy (Rashida Jones) but is clearly already
freaked out by the commitment. We're told early on that Natalie's not
actually gay, just bi-curious, and she spends a lot of time with a foxy
artist played by Hugh Dancy.
The problem is that director Jesse Peretz ("The Château") and writers Evgenia Peretz and David Schisgall
have built up a ridiculous series of caricatures that surround Paul Rudd. And the plot, which takes over especially in the packed and obnoxious finale, just drags and drags, setting up conflicts that we can
instantly tell how to resolve, and clashing Rudd against a set of three
sisters who are so self-absorbed and mean they don't stand a chance at
earning the audience's sympathy.
It's rather disappointing that Paul Rudd, whose best performances often involve stepping
back to let others take over, has a role that lets him shine but in a movie that never comes close to matching his talents. New Yorkers will get a kick out of seeing so much of the beautiful, silly city
skewered, but it's hard to imagine what most others will get out of Our Idiot Brother beyond an overwhelming feeling that it could have been so much better.